Parler Criticizes Facebook’s New Climate Change Information Center

By September 16, 2020General Posts
Free speech platform says online publisher’s actions just another layer of authoritarian elitism
Las Vegas, Nevada – Parler is criticizing Facebook’s launch of a “Climate Change Information Center” in user feeds, a move intended to provide what the publisher deems to be “factual resources from the world’s leading climate organizations and actionable steps people can take in their everyday lives to combat climate change.” The tech giant’s content curators began labeling certain climate-change-related posts as “false information” earlier this year and is expected to continue that practice as well.

In addition to the Climate Change Information Center, Facebook this year launched two other “Information Centers”—one for Covid-19 Information, and another for Voting Information.

“Climate change and its policy implications are complex issues depending on a vast context of knowledge, not only about science, but also about morality, sociology and political theory,” said Parler strategic investor Jeffrey Wernick. “Moreover, the economic impact of some of the policies that have been suggested—e.g., requiring net zero carbon emissions, as Facebook has announced it plans to achieve—could be devastating, and disproportionately borne by the poor. In order for individuals to make up their own minds, to achieve a real understanding for themselves, about policy decisions with significant implications, we must allow for a broad and open debate, engaging as many points of view as possible. Facebook does not want that, apparently. They want to cow you with their predigested ‘science-based information’ and policy conclusions offered by ‘leading climate change organizations’.

“What qualifies as ‘science-based information’? And which are the ‘leading climate change organizations’? Facebook is telling you, in effect, ‘You don’t need to worry your pretty little head about such questions, because we will tell you what to think.’ As usual, Facebook wants to silence those individuals and organizations who dare to offer perspectives that do not line up with their agenda, and therefore drive policy decisions as they see fit. What’s next, government regulation requiring net zero carbon for all social media companies, just to make absolutely sure no one can compete with them?

“Environmentalists, scientists, analysts, skeptics, conservationists, scholars, ethicists, economists, activists, conservatives, and progressives all offer a wealth of Climate-Change information and a range of policy prescriptions. All have the right to be heard, and we have a right to hear them, and then make up our own minds. Parler rejects the notion that technoauthoritarians can predigest vast quantities of information for us, that they can decide what we should accept as truth. We invite all who want to speak freely and think for themselves to #Erasebook, #Twexit, join the discussion and make their case on Parler.”

Parler was founded in 2018 and has over 3.8 million users. The platform is committed to free speech, does not mine or sell user data and does not censor content based on politics or ideology. Parler continues to stand with the People and against Technoauthoritarianism.